What do we owe each other?



Good to see an article in the The New York Times drawing on the thought of Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, to consider the issue of refugees.

From the little I studied of Levinas when writing my thesis on Heidegger, no-one comes close to him for the interrogation of our responsibility to other human beings, which in his view, always already exceeds any other consideration.

His is the ultimate voice on the question of the ethical call on each one of us, and it’s grounded in the authority of his experience as a prisoner of the Nazis and the annihilation of all members of his immediate family. His view has the effect of making the so-called Christian “ethic” – do unto others what you would have them do unto you – a very poor and conditioned thing.

Read the article here: What Do We Owe Each Other?


Image: Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times


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